This post is about the soccer mum network and a great new baking company.  My son plays soccer down at the local club and I do find it is a great way to meet new people and chat about interesting topics while watching your little one run around.  BUT it is nothing like the movies with scandal occurring every minute!  Last weekend I met up (again) with Lindy who has more or less just started Wonderland Bakes and Bites.  So I asked her to put together a little bio about herself and her new company.  So if you are a local Wellingtonian do try her delicious bakes which are sold at Commonsense Organics and the gorgeous City Markets.  You may also see her dashing from one professional kitchen to the next while she is getting herself established.

By the way my baby who is now a toddler loves her sesame seed biscuits and my soon to be seven year old loved the recipe below.  You will also find a number of other variations on the recipe below in our recipe index such as Oskars muesli bars, our Energy balls and our Tahini snowballs.

If you want to see more of the recipes by Munch which are gluten free then check these out: Pear and polenta cakeGluten Free Banana PancakesGluten free banana chocolate muffins and Gluten free zuchini fritters – breakfast.

Wonderland Bake and Bites - Raspberry Vegan Juniors Wonderland Bakes and Bites was born from my personal desire to eat mindfully, and the knowledge that some people simply have to. Wonderland is proud to be based in Island Bay, Wellington a fantastically supportive community. See my Raspberry Vegan Juniors (RVJs) recipe below.

The test kitchen opened many years ago, licking spoons on a chair at my mum’s bench. Slightly more recently, some intensive Gluten Free baking from premix flour blends yielded less than average results, and sent me on a mission to create Gluten Free baked goods that didn’t taste like Gluten Free baked goods.

After much research and even more testing (cue happy family, friends and trusted food critics) I have developed some happy flour blends and alternatives to achieve bakes and bites that do not taste Gluten Free, just great.

Along with Wonderland being a providore of Gluten Free food, the range also includes Grain Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Low Salt and Low fat products. My range is ever growing, the test kitchen never closes, every time I turn around there is new flour that needs investigating, or a sugar substitute that needs testing.

The recipe below is gluten and dairy free with no added sugar.

Te hauora pai ki a koutou
Good Health to you


Wonderland Bakes and Bites – Raspberry Vegan Juniors
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This recipe is gluten and dairy free with no added sugar.
  • ½ cup blanched almonds
  • ½ cup cashew pieces
  • 1 cup diced dried dates
  • ½ cup diced dried apricot pieces
  • 2 tbsp dutch process cocoa
  • ½ tsp Fresh As dried raspberry powder
  • ¼ cup fine shredded coconut
  1. Soak dates in ½ tbsp warm water to soften.
  2. Put nuts in a food processor and whizz to a rough chop setting aside for later.
  3. Process dates and apricots, when you are happy with the consistency of the dried fruit (aiming for a smooth paste but few fruity chunks grand) add the nuts and cocoa powder for a brief whizz to combine. Add a little water if the mix is to dry.
  4. Mix the raspberry powder and coconut in a shallow dish.
  5. Roll the dried fruit and nut mix into walnut sized balls.
  6. Roll balls in the coconut and dried raspberry.
Enjoy these gluten free Raspberry Vegan Juniors with a cup of tea while you read about your next baking adventure with Munch Cooking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 30 balls
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